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The contemporary art fair ArtInternational Istanbul launching in September for the first time might become a key event on the global arts calendar. Focusing strongly on Turkey and the Middle East, it aims to offer a fresh view of the contemporary art scene. “We’ve been considering Istanbul as a potential location for a new fair over the past few years,” says the show’s co-founder Sandy Angus. “The Turkish art scene is incredibly vibrant and the city offers a persuasive location with immense draw for new and more established collectors.”
Represented at the fair will be international high profile galleries such as Lisson and Pace, Venice’s Contini Art Gallery, Berlin’s Arndt, New York’s Leila Heller and San Francisco’s Hosfelt Gallery. They will be joined by Jeddah’s Athr Gallery, Dubai’s Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde and also an excellent selection of local galleries, including Egeran, Galeri Mana, Pi Artworks, x-ist, Galeri Non, Rampa and Galeri Zilberman.
For the inaugural edition of the fair, ArtInternational is collaborating with various artists from around the world. David Claerbout will present the premiere of his new film,“Travel, 1996-2013” in which a continuous camera movement makes a journey starting in a park, going into a dark European forest, then an Amazonian jungle and finally exiting the forest revealing a nondescript suburban plain. Ahmet Öğüt will present a new work involving light-weight screens playing videos of sign spinners held by people specifically hired for this task, standing at different corners and intersections of the Fair.
Tal Isaac Hadad will present a new series of performances “Piano Constraints’’ for modified grand pianos, playing a selection of pieces by famous composers. This specialization offers new possibilities explored by a series of interventions by Wilhem Latchoumia. The performance artist Gül Kozacıoğlu will be dispersing voices that will be scattered through the air, appearing at unexpected times.
Not-for-profit organizations from Istanbul will be exhibiting different works in a section curated by Özkan Cangüven whilst Başak Şenova will be curating a video-screening programme with a selection of artists from the participating galleries. This original screening programme will be played throughout the Fair.
Özkan Cangüven, Curator of the not-for-profit section, commented, “ArtInternational Istanbul will bring together prominent local and international galleries in its inaugural edition at Haliç Congress Center this September. I believe with the unique venue, commissioned works, curated education and video programming as well as not-for-profit section, it will be a great addition to the emerging Istanbul art scene and will become a must-visit destination and platform for the international art community. The non-profit section this year will host invited not-for-profit spaces, alternative institutions, and artists’ collectives from Turkey. These vital voices of Istanbul's diverse art scene will participate in the dialogue by presenting a glimpse of their distinctive programmes. The focus of the non-profit section this year will be on smaller-scale initiatives to highlight their crucial role in the changing Turkish art scene, believing their participation in this fair will lead to stimulating questions, discussions, and connections for everyone in ArtInternational Istanbul's first year."